Webby Awards' Top Ten Internet Moments of the Decade

By November 28, 2009 2 comments

Last week, the Webby Awards named the top ten Internet moments of the decade. Each of the winners represents how the internet has triumphed over old technologies and practices. "The Internet is the story of the decade because it was the catalyst for change in not just every aspect of our everyday lives, but in everything from commerce and communication to politics and pop culture," said David-Michel Davies, the executive director of the Webby Awards. "The recurring theme among all of the milestones on our list is the Internet's capacity to circumvent old systems and put more power into the hands of ordinary people," he said. The Webby Award’s top ten are:

- Craigslist online classified site expands outside San Francisco (2000).
- the launch of Google AdWords (2000)
- the launch of online encyclopedia Wikipedia (2001)
- the shutdown of file-sharing site Napster (2001)
- Google's initial public offering (2004)
- the online video revolution led by YouTube (2006)
- Facebook opens to non-college students and Twitter launches (2006)
- Apple's iPhone debuts (2007)
- the use of the Internet in the US presidential campaign (2008)
- the use of Twitter during the Iranian election protests (2009)

The Webby Awards will be announced in April 2010.

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It's an interesting and valuable list, but I would have liked to see a place for Mozilla Firefox as a competitor to IE, including the NY Times display ad from December 15, 2004, for the official launch of Firefox 1.0.

Submitted by Tony Wasserman (not verified) - on November 28, 2009 at 07:57 pm

Good point, Tony.

I'd also pick the MySpace moment over Facebook. Some people got on Friendster, but if not for the huge success of MySpace, it would have been much more difficult for Facebook to succeed. Friendster/MySpace is really where many individuals got their first real web presence -- FB was obviously an improvement, but the behavioral change/cultural acceptance needed for its success had already happened.

Sure, Twitter and FB helped start real-time, but MySpace created users that would migrate to those platforms.

Submitted by admin - on December 04, 2009 at 06:47 pm

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